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Frankfurt Marathon returns

The race organisers of the Frankfurt Marathon have announced the return of  Frankfurt Marathon which will be in its 39th edition and will be held on October 30, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Hoka One One, a division of Deckers Brands, has been named as an official sportswear partner of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon for five years. Commencing in 2022, Hoka’s official partner status aims to enhance participants’ experience and help to further broaden interest in the event, engaging with its strong following in the running community.

After two tough years in which the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon unfortunately could not take place due to the Corona Pandemic, we are now looking forward with confidence. The partnership with Hoka will give us new momentum for the coming years, “said Race Director Jo Schindler.

Mike McManus, Director of Global Sports Marketing, added: “As the longest established race in Germany, Hoka is thrilled to be announcing our support of the historic Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. We are committed to bringing an outstanding running experience to the participants, and to enhancing this already world-class event with our commitment to bold innovation and our love of the sport.”

The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been recognized as a Gold Label Road Race by World Athletics and is also one of the most environmentally friendly marathons worldwide, winning the ‘AIMS Green Marathon Award’ in 2014.

Nancy Kiprop and Mare Dibaba target Franfurt Marathon course record

Kenya’s Nancy Kiprop and former Xiamen Marathon winner Mare Dibaba ftom Ethiopia will face off at the 37th edition of the Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October, 28 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Kiprop who is the Vienna Marathon champion and Dibaba have been selected to try and lower the race course record of 2:21.01 that was set in 2012 by Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.

That means that Kiprop must improve her own best time past the current mark of 2:24.18, which she set in April as she retained her title she won last year in Austria’s capital.

“It gonna be hard work to shake off four minutes. But look at what Eliud Kipchoge did in Berlin, I believe anything can go and I want to see how fast I can run in Frankfurt against some of the strongest challengers. The first priority is to master the pace and win the race, and then the time will fall in,” said Kiprop.

Dibaba on the other hand comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19.52 that she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. The 28 year-old Ethiopian is also the 2015 World Marathon Champion.

Last year Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot won her maiden marathon race in 2 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds, she has also not confirmed if she will be defending her title.

“We are looking forward to a thrilling women’s race with world-class runners,” said race director Jo Schindler. “We are pleased when athletes of this caliber choose Frankfurt for their autumn marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for every single runner.”

Dibaba, Tesfay and Assefa targeting first sub-2:20 at Frankfurt Marathon

Three Ethiopian have been added to the rich field of the 38th edition of the Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October 20, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The race organizers are targeting the first-sub-2:20 run in the women’s race with the 2015 World Champion Mare Dibaba.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist has twice clocked 2:19.52, most recently in 2015 when she triumphed at the Xiamen Marathon. She was fifth in Frankfurt in 2010 clocking 2:25.27.

The 28 year-old will be joined by three compatriots who have dipped under 2:22 in 2018.

Another titls contender is the 24 year-old Haftamnesh Tesfay, made an impressive marathon debut in Dubai in January wher she finished fifth in 2:20.13, the fourth fastest time ever by a debutante over the distance. That performance should whet the appetite for what she can do in Frankfurt.

Meskerem Assefa has previous experience in Frankfurt. The 32-year-old finished third in 2:24.38 last year then made a solid improvement on her lifetime best when winning the Nagoya title in mid-March, running 2:21:45.

United States Sara Hall will be returning to race along the River Main. The 35 year-old who finished in fifth place a year ago in 2:27.21. She improved further to 2:26.20 this past spring in Ottawa.

“In terms of strength and depth, this is perhaps the strongest women’s field we have ever assembled,” said race director Jo Schindler. “So we are looking forward to an exciting and high-class race. With four such fast performers we could see times close to 2:20 or even faster.”

The course record of 2:21.01 was set in 2012 by Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.

Martin Kosgey to battle defending champion Adola at Frankfurt Marathon

Kenya’s Martin Kosgey will face a stiff challenge at the 37th edition of the the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon that will be held in October 20, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Kosgey who finished the last year’s edition in fourth place with a time of 2:09.39 will once again face off with the defending champion Guye Adola of Ethiopia who comes to this year’s race with a personal best of 2:03.46. He got this time at Berlin Marathon which placed him with second fastest time in the world.

Adola is the marathon runner who almost broke the lengthy dominance of the Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge a year ago. Just before 40 kilometres in Berlin the 27-year-old was in the lead but Kipchoge, unbeaten in the marathon since 2013, was able to overhaul him.

Adola finished with a sensational marathon debut just 14 seconds behind the Kenyan and the second fastest time in the world. His time of 2:03:46 was also an unofficial world record for a debut marathon (official records for this category are not maintained) since no athlete had ever run faster in their first marathon on a record eligible course.

Adola’s performance in 2017 also made him the second fastest Ethiopian ever to run the marathon behind Kenenisa Bekele and ahead of the former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie.

“I really enjoyed everything about my marathon debut until the last few kilometres,” said Adola, whose time also earned him eleventh place on the world all-time list.

The organizers expect up to 15,000 entrants for this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label race, the highest category in international road running. Entries for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon are still accepted at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

“We are looking forward to a thrilling men’s race with world-class runners,” said Race Director Jo Schindler. “We are pleased when athletes of this calibre choose Frankfurt for their autumn marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for every single runner.”

Kosgey, ran what was then a personal best of 2:07.22 to finish second at the 2016 edition but when he came back last year he was forced to finish in fourth place.

Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto will lead a strong contingent in Frankfurt. He ran his best of 2:09.12 in Tokyo in 2017, finishing tenth.

German record holder Arne Gabius will be returning at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon for the fourth time. The 37-year-old has run under 2:10 in all three previous marathons in Frankfurt and no other German runner has broken that barrier for over 25 years. “Frankfurt is the best place for me. Why should I do anything different?” said Gabius whose time of 2:08.33 he set in 2015 broke the German record of 2:08.47 that was set in 1988 by Jörg Peter.

Cheruiyot as motivated as ever in the latest chapter of her career

It took Vivian Cheruiyot three attempts at the distance to get it absolutely right but it wouldn’t be fair to say her win at this year’s London Marathon was simply a case of third-time lucky.

The outcome was the result of a more rounded and robust preparation. The Kenyan covered more miles in training in the build-up and combined it with a game-plan which was mindful of Cheruiyot’s condition, the experience of her debut last year when she faded to fourth, and the fact the race was billed as a world record attempt.

Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba both started aggressively in pursuit of Paula Radcliffe’s mark in conditions which Keitany later reflected were not conducive for such exploits but Cheruiyot – unlike last year when she described herself as “totally kaput in the last half” – still had plenty in reserve at the corresponding checkpoint in 1:08:56, one minute slower than in her debut last year.

But not only was Cheruiyot on course to run a big lifetime best, she was still within striking distance if either of the leaders faltered. They both did. She caught Dibaba in the 19th mile before reeling in Keitany four miles later.

This performance was Cheruiyot’s arrival into the big-time at the distance, moving to fourth on the world all-time list with 2:18:31. It was a masterclass in strategy and pace judgement (there was only a 13-second discrepancy in her four 10km segments: 32:53, 32:39, 32:51, 32:49) and a performance which was respectful of both the conditions and the distance.

Vivian Cheruiyot wins the London Marathon (Getty Images) © Copyright

“Based on her training, I had a good idea what she was capable of running,” said her coach and manager Ricky Simms. “I have coached Vivian for 14 years and we have a very good understanding.

“I didn’t know what the other girls could run but I knew that going out in 1:07:30 was too fast for her. We studied previous performances in the London Marathon over the past 15 years and, more often than not, even splits – or even negative splits – produced more success than a large differential.

“Last year Vivian went off very fast and paid the price in the final stages,” he added. “She did not want to repeat that again this year.”


Last year’s debut was a tough baptism for Cheruiyot, although a fourth-place finish in 2:23:50 was by no means a poor showing for a newcomer to the distance.

She won her second attempt at the distance at the Frankfurt Marathon in October with a near identical time of 2:23:35 in cold and windy conditions which Cheruiyot expresses a distaste for. But as solid as her first two marathons were, they were not quite on a level with her fantastic times and performances over 5000m and 10,000m.

Vivian Cheruiyot in Frankfurt (Victah Sailer/organisers) © Copyright

“Vivian was one of the best track runners in the history of the sport but it took her some time to change her mentality from track training to marathon training,” said Simms. “She learned a lot in her first two marathons and this helped her to be successful in London.

“As someone who was at the top of the world on the track, it was hard for her to not be immediately successful in marathon. We expected her to run about 2:20 on her debut but her first half last year ruined her chances of doing so. She was running most of the race in Frankfurt at 2:19-2:20 pace but a strong wind blew away a fast time and she slowed a lot in the final 10 to 15 kilometres.

“Our aim for London this year was to be strong in the latter part of the race, unlike her two previous races,” he said.

Cheruiyot extolled the virtues of being patient and “running comfortably” at the winners’ press conference. While reluctant to discuss the prospect of challenging the world record any time soon, the consensus in the Cheruiyot camp is there is still room for improvement. Cheruiyot said she is “learning about the event” and while her preparations were better than they were for her two marathons in 2017, it was “still not close to perfect”, according to Simms.

Cheruiyot missed one week of training in early March due to a bout of flu and she was forced to miss another week after the New York Half Marathon on 18 March. She was taken to hospital after extreme breathing problems caused by the cold temperatures forced her to drop out. “This is not in the ‘how to prepare for a marathon’ textbook,” said Simms.

Cheruiyot increased her weekly mileage to an average of 100-110 miles at her base in Kaptagat where she is aided by a group of male pacemakers with her husband Moses overseeing her programme. Looking ahead, there is scope to further increase the volume as Cheruiyot gets stronger and more used to the rigours of marathon training.

“We had to very gradually increase her mileage to ensure her body could handle it,” said Simms. “Looking ahead, she can definitely add more volume – in line with what other top marathon runners are doing – but also run high mileage for a longer period.  She may not be an athlete that needs to run very high mileage compared to some others.”


Having won two world titles at 5000m, two at 10,000m and the 2016 Olympic title at 5000m, Cheruiyot’s esteemed career on the track was defined by her excellent championship record. This is the approach they will assume over the marathon distance with race victories – not fast times – being the foremost goal.

Vivian Cheruiyot wins the 5000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) © Copyright

“Vivian definitely has the potential to run faster but with the marathon you never know what you are going to do on the day and you don’t get that many attempts when you are fully healthy on a fast course with good weather,” says Simme. “For Vivian it will be about trying to win races and hopefully she will be able to improve her time if she gets to run on one of the fast courses.”

Cheruiyot confirmed at the press conference she has fully retired from the track but that is not to say she is altogether done with championship racing. There aren’t any races on the immediate itinerary but the Tokyo Olympics – which would be her fifth Games – very much feature in the long-term plans.

“I think we will take it step by step,” said Simms. “It is important for her to be consistent at the level she is at now, stay healthy and try to move forward. It would be great if she could have the option to run at the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympic Games but unfortunately the Kenyan selection system does not allow us to plan in this way.

“She has one gold, two silvers and one bronze from previous Olympic Games,” adds Simms. “I know she would like to add another gold in Tokyo.”

Cheruiyot targets Tokyo Olympic marathon title after London conquest

London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya will not rest on her laurels and targets a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Cheruiyot, who already has a gold medal in 5,000m from Rio Games, said on Monday her win in London marathon on Sunday has only reinvigorated her faith and trust that she is destined for better days in her career in the 42km distance.

“Tokyo Olympics will be the beginning of another brilliant era in my career,” said Cheruiyot.

However, Cheruiyot believes she will be reminded of the journey she needs to travel in the next marathon because any athlete is only best as her last competition.

“London is now behind me. I have to focus on the next challenge and that is to win another race and gain more experience. After that, I can start talking of world record and Olympics,” she added.

Indeed, Cheruiyot’s victory in London, clocking 2:18:31, was her second in the distance since she transferred from the track competition a year ago.

Her first race in London in 2017 ended with a fourth place finish in a race won by compatriot Mary Keitany. She went to Frankfurt, Germany and was able to win last October and returned to London to win.

“I have no plans to run a world record. Though I believe it is something that can go down,” she said. However, she believes she has about six years to run in marathon.

“I have heard some reports that I will retire after 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. That is not true. Maybe I will hang my spikes in 2025,” said Cheruiyot.

Source: xinhuanet.com

Cheruiyot Shows class as she lifts London Marathon title

Olympic Games 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was the surprise winner of 2018 Virgin London ran today in London.

Popularly called pocket rocket, Cheruiyot, won her second marathon after switching from track where she dominated, winning in all championships.

With three world titles in 10,000m and 5,000m, Cheruiyot beat fellow Kenyan Brigid Koasgei and defending champion Mary Keitany for the title.

London was her second marathon win after Frankfurt marathon last year as she clocked 2:1836 beating Keitany and Ethiopia’s finest Tirunesh Dibaba. Kosgei took the second place 2:20.22.

More to follow…

Kirwa to battle Cheshari at Hannover Marathon

Kenya’s Gilbert Kirwa is up against compatriot Jacob Cheshari at the 28th edition of the HAJ Hannover Marathon that will be held on Sunday (8) in Hannover, Germany.

Kirwa comes to this race with a personal best of 2:06.14 that he got in German speaking territory nine years since celebrating his two biggest career wins in Vienna and Frankfurt. In 2009, Kirwa first he took the Vienna City Marathon in spring with 2:08.21 and then clocked a strong personal best of 2:06.14 while winning in Frankfurt in the autumn.
On the very flat course in Hannover, which was improved for this year’s race by taking out several corners, the former Vienna and Frankfurt Marathon champion hopes to get back to his best. The 32-year-old Kenyan, who has run sub 2:08 times on five occasions, had two difficult years because of injuries.

Cheshari is former Hannover winner and one of the most consistent European Marathon runners in recent years. Cheshari took the Hannover crown three years ago and has a personal best of 2:07.46 which he ran in Frankfurt in 2013 while placing fourth.

The two Kenyans will be targeting to lower the course record of 2:08.32 that was set in 2013 by the race history maker Lusapho April who hails from South Africa.

Poland’s Henryk Szost with a personal best of 2:07.39 will be the other athlete to watch. He posted good performance in the Frankfurt Marathon last October, where he finished seventh with 2:10.09, just missing a sub 2:10 time in very windy conditions.

Former Ethiopian Fate Tola, who became a German citizen two years ago and since January has been competing for local club Hannover Athletics, will be the favourite in the women’s race, the 30 year-old, who lives in Germany with her family, took won the last year edition in 2:27.48.


Kirwa targets course record at Hannover Marathon

Kenya’s Gilbert Kirwa will be targeting the course record at the 28th edition of the Hannover Marathon that will be held on 8th April in Hannover, Germany.

Kirwa who is coming to this race with a personal best of 2:06.14 that he got in 2009 at the Frankfurt marathon, will be targeting to lower the course record that was set in 2013 by Lusapho April from South Africa.

Kirwa is hoping to return to his best on Hannover’s very flat course, which was improved for this year’s race by taking out several corners. The 32-year-old has run sub-2:08 times on five occasions, but has been slowed by injuries in recent years. Not having run any other races this year, he’ll arrive in the norther German city fully focused on this marathon appearance.

Kirwa will battle for honors with his fellow country-mate Jacob Cheshari, who won the title three years ago with a time of 2:09.32. The Kenyan has a personal best of 2:07:46 which he ran in Frankfurt in 2013 when he finished fourth.

Another title contender is Poland’s Henryk Szost, who has a personal best of 2:07.39. He finished seventh in Frankfurt last October, clocking 2:10.09 in very windy conditions.